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DeFazio among candidates to file for office on first day

U.S. House of Representatives

Thursday was the first day that Oregon candidates could file to run in the May primary. Among the dozens of office-seekers throwing their name in the ring was longtime Congressman Peter DeFazio.

DeFazio is a Democrat from Springfield and he’s represented Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District since 1987. If he wins re-election, it would be his 18th term in office.

Several Republicans have said they want to unseat DeFazio, including Alek Skarlatos, a veteran who gained fame for his role in thwarting a terrorist attack in a French train.

DeFazio said he’s confident in his ability to win another term, but he isn’t taking anything for granted. “I’ve had a full-time campaign for years, but I’ve geared up earlier than ever," he said. "I’ve already got a field director, I’ve already got a communications director.”

After serving in the minority in Washington for years, DeFazio won a role as the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January after Democrats regained control of the chamber in the 2018 elections.

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